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Threshold is a public radio show and podcast that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season. We report the story where it's happening through a range of voices and perspectives. Our goal is to be a home for nuanced journalism about human relationships with the natural world. www.thresholdpodcast.org Season 1 | "Oh Give Me a Home" Can we ever have wild, free-roaming bison again? Season 2 | "Cold Comfort" Climate change in the Arctic through the eyes of people who live there. Season ...
 
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After four decades of fighting, the lease sale for drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was held on January 6, 2021. Amy sat down with David Aaronovitch of The Times of London to talk about what happened at the lease sale for their podcast, “Stories of our Times.” Amy and David talk about what the outcome means for the future of t…
 
Last week, the National Bison Range in northwest Montana was returned to the people of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. As part of the COVID relief bill signed into law at the end of December, the lands of the bison range were returned to the Flathead Reservation. There will be a two-year transition period as the management duties are passe…
 
The controversy over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is at a critical point: a lease sale may be just days away, but lawsuits have piled up that could put a stop to that sale and put a wrench in the federal government’s efforts to open the refuge to drilling. In this update to our Peabody Award-winning series The Refuge, we dive…
 
DFTBA — Don’t Forget To Be Awesome. That’s the motto of Vlogbrothers, a wildly popular YouTube channel. On this episode of Threshold Conversations, we talk with one of the creators of that channel, Hank Green. In addition to his YouTube stardom, he’s a science communicator, novelist, and entrepreneur. Hank talks to us about how DFTBA reminds us to …
 
Today the Trump administration published a “notice of sale” of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. What that means is on January 6, 2021 oil and gas companies will be able to bid for the right to drill in the coastal plain of the refuge. Stay tuned to our feed for more coverage as this unfolds. If you enjoy this episode, plea…
 
The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of frozen water in the world, with the potential to raise sea levels by 23 feet if it melts. In this Threshold extra, we’re talking with leading climate scientists and glaciologists about the cryosphere—all the things that are frozen in the Earth’s system: permafrost, sea ice, land ice, and snow. W…
 
“Breathing is civil rights and breathing is environmental justice.” Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor at Texas Southern University and a transformational figure in the environmental justice movement, says that the environment isn’t just out in the woods and wilderness; it’s everywhere. “It's where we live, work, play, worship, learn, as w…
 
The word crisis comes from the Greek krisis, meaning the turning point in a disease. Today on Threshold Conversations, we sit down with author, activist, and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben to talk about the dual crises of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at…
 
Award-winning photographer Ami Vitale has seen the best of humanity and the worst of humanity. She’s documented war and conflict, nature, wildlife, and conservation in places from Kashmir to Kenya. On this episode of Threshold Conversations, we hear the incredible stories behind some of Ami’s most iconic images — including her photo of a northern w…
 
How does your zip code affect your life expectancy? The impacts of climate change, toxic water, and dirty air aren’t evenly distributed. Low income and communities of color bear the brunt of these impacts. Today, we dive into conversation with Peggy Shepard, a pioneer of the environmental justice movement who has worked for more than three decades …
 
Last week, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge made headlines all over the world: the Trump administration finalized plans to open up this piece of remote, Alaskan wilderness to oil and gas development. But what does this latest move in the decades-long battle over the future of ANWR really mean? To find out, and to understand what might be next in…
 
If a whale sings in the ocean, and Michelle Fournet is there to record it, how does it sound? Find out in this episode of Threshold Conversations. Michelle Fournet is an acoustic ecologist with the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program. She studies how marine animals—including humpback whales and other creatures—use sound to communicate, detect pre…
 
IMPORTANT: DATE CHANGE This event was originally planned for August 27. Due to unforeseen changes in Ami Vitale's travel schedule, it's now happening Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm eastern time. Being a National Geographic photographer may seem glamorous, but sometimes the work just plain stinks—literally! Ami Vitale is an internationally-renowned …
 
J. Drew Lanham is a Distinguished Professor at Clemson University, and an author, orator and Poet Laureate from Edgefield, SC. As a Black American, he’s intrigued by how ethnic prisms shape perceptions of nature and its care. His writing focuses on his passion for the natural world, and the personal and societal conflicts that sometimes put conserv…
 
In the second episode of Threshold Conversations, Amy talks with award-winning journalist Alfredo Corchado. As Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, Alfredo is one of the nation’s leading reporters covering the complicated issues playing out at the U.S./Mexico border. We all depend on the food we eat, and on the people who raise,…
 
Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. This week, we’re asking: Is this the end of the lockdown for you? Or are you still in quarantine mode? Send us some audio that captures the sound of this weird, nebulous moment. Record up to one minute of a…
 
Hey! We’re starting a new thing! Welcome to Threshold Conversations, a new series featuring interviews with environmental thought leaders. We're still doing our main show—our documentary work, where we take you on a journey deep into one pressing issue. But between seasons of Threshold, we're going to start sharing interviews with people who have i…
 
Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. This week, we’re asking: Tell us about a song or a piece of music that’s especially meaningful to you right now. Or — sing it to us. Record up to one minute of audio and send it our way. To participate, go …
 
Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. This week, we’re asking: What is breaking your heart right now? Does your sadness have a sound, or do you just want to tell us about it? How are you handling your grief? What are you doing with it, especial…
 
Each week, we’re inviting you to help us document this crazy time, when we’re confronting a national crisis together — from alone in our homes. This week, we’re asking: How is the natural world helping you to get through this? And if you can’t access nature at all right now, what are you missing the most? How are you quarangreening? Or, how are you…
 
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